American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Second Side of Sexism

Research Topic:

Second Side of Sexism: Analysis of Benevolent Practices of Subjugation in Southern Kyrgyzstan.

by Bermet Zhanybekova, Senior Student, Psychology Department, AUCA

Supervisor: Dr.Elena Kim, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department

My research aims to test the hypothesis that societies which exalt women on a pedestal have higher levels of violence and discrimination among women. This research is important in contributing to understanding of the everyday practices of sexism in southern part of Kyrgyzstan. This is known for its specifically drastic backlash to traditional gender roles and women’s impoverishing situation. It is very important to define the level of benevolent sexism in our country and find ways to solve this issue, so that our society will be less stereotyped and that one sex does not subjugate and dominate over another sex.

In my study I will use the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory (ASI) questionnaire. I will survey 100 people (50 men, 50 women of different age) in Jalal-Abad. This will be accompanied by unstructured interviews.

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